Unwanted body hair can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Shaving, waxing, and creams can temporarily work, but such methods are time-consuming and don’t always give you the smooth results you desire. Plus, they need to be repeated often. Consider laser hair removal to permanently reduce unwanted facial and body hair. Dr. Ronald Bush uses laser hair removal to effectively stop hair growth for men and women living in the Palm Desert, California area. Call the office, RB Laser Lipo & Aesthetics, to learn more or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation.
Laser hair removal works by targeting beams of highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorbs light which destroys the hair. If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering. The process is FDA-cleared and treatments take just minutes.
Laser hair removal can be used pretty much anywhere that you have unwanted hair growth. This includes your:
Laser hair removal results in a permanent reduction of unwanted hair growth. You don’t have to keep up with hair growth every two to three weeks as you do with waxing, shaving, or electrolysis. Treatments are fast and easy; they require little to no downtime. Some of the greatest benefits laser hair removal has to offer include:
Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can eliminate multiple hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
Just about any man or woman with unwanted hair growth can benefit from laser hair removal. Most skin colors and hair types can be treated. Dr. Bush and the team can help you understand what to expect given your particular factors.
Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ shafts-root complex and the shafts are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
Each laser treatment is relatively short, taking just a few minutes for small areas, such as the upper lip, and up to 30 minutes for larger areas, such as the torso.
Dr. Bush recommends multiple treatments for you to achieve optimal results. He’ll establish a treatment program to provide you with the best results.
Hairs grow in different cycles, so several treatments ensure you reach all of the cells in the right cycle. Unlike waxing, you don’t have to let the hair grow out between treatments.
No downtime is required following laser hair removal. You can resume your regular activities right after your appointment. You may have some redness and minor swelling following the treatment. These side effects subside within a few days. The team gives you specific post-treatment care information as well. Most people tolerate treatment well. You may feel a light snapping sensation as the laser works against your skin.